Saturday, November 04, 2006

Sen. Sam Brownback on National Adoption Month

Sam Brownback : The gift of adoption
Several years ago my wife and I made a big decision: We decided to adopt a child. We already had three children but thought adopting a new son or daughter would be a wonderful addition to our family. We started the lengthy adoption process in both Latin America and China, figuring that given the uncertainties of international adoption, one of the two options would work out.

It was to our great surprise and joy when, within months, we found ourselves with two new members of our family. Jenna Joy, born in 1998, came to us from China, and Mark, just a few months older, is from Guatemala. Mark and Jenna bear a striking resemblance despite being from separate continents, and to this day people often mistake them for twins.

November is National Adoption Month. Adoption gives someone a chance at life, and it's an opportunity to make a sacrifice for something greater than yourself. While not without challenges, adoption has brought tremendous joy to me and my family.


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